Thursday, May 25, 2017

Political Dysfunction/Editorial Dysfunction

The LA Daily News picks up the state audit report story in an editorial and calls for a subpoena after hearing from some GOP legislators. Excerpt:

"A group of Assembly Republicans has called on Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate, to issue a legislative subpoena to compel the University of California to produce all financial records and correspondences pertaining to the $175 million fund. Rendon has declined to do so."

But subpoena what? UC and the state auditor seem to have an agreement over the next steps to be taken. So as far as a subpoena is concerned, there is no there there. The state auditor in fact has the legal authority to get whatever records she wants.

Apparently, the editorial board of the LA Daily News didn't watch or listen to the recent Regents meeting at which the state auditor reported, discussion ensued, and steps were taken. The GOP is marginalized in the legislature with the Democrats now having supermajority status, so it's understandable - as a matter of politics - that Republican legislators are hanging on to this issue. And gone are the days when Republicans, such as former Gov. George Deukmejian, actually liked UC,which they saw as contributing to economic growth in California. But the LADN editorial board might have consulted members of the Regents - including Republican appointees - before writing.

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